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  1. Cary Grant's real last name was _Leach_, not "Leech".
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    SHANE (1953)

    > {quote:title=MarianStarrett wrote:}{quote} > > {quote:title=MissGoddess wrote:}{quote} > > At some point, perhaps, we could even discuss/debate > > what the enigmatic _ending_ to Shane could mean.... > > what happens to Shane? I recently spotted something in > > the last shot that I never picked up in all the years > > I've watched this movie---and probably never would > > have if I hadn't been taking screencaps. More on > > that later. > > > > I have been thinking about this for a while now. > > (POSSIBLE SPOILERS) > > I'd like to hear what every one thinks about the ending and whether or not there's something subtle in the last shot(s) that is easy to miss. I think there is, and part of it depends on just how badly you think Shane's been wounded in the gunfight, and why he wouldn't bother to head over to the Starrett's to get the wound tended to. (In this regard it reminded me slightly of the last shot in "El Cid") > > There is also, of course, the seemingly obvious fact that the next-to-last shot in the movie totally complements the opening shot, and in a subtle way suggests that perhaps Shane has gone full circle, that a cycle has just been completed. > > And it also works (for me at least) on another level, because seeing the hero (or heroes) riding into the horizon is a recurring image in westerns that has been used many times before and since, but rarely to such touching effect as it is done here. Welcome to the forums, Miss Starrett! Glad you enjoyed watching "Shane" once again - you've made some pretty good points there, especially in regards to the ending of the movie. Seems like others are starting to follow your lead! Don't be a stranger now! B-)
  3. Pretty sharp analysis, calypsogal! (See? I can spell! ) The whole "living in denial of the magical/whimsical" genre is indeed a time-honored tradition, and one that continues to be popular today - just look at the success of the Harry Potter movies. They're all about magical stuff that regular humans can't see. Just like Harvey. B-)
  4. "One for the Book" is a pretty good movie. I'm pretty sure I have a recording of that one somewhere...
  5. She looks to me a bit like Gloria Swanson (without makeup).
  6. Hi eighthof8! Have you seen "Wings"? It takes place during WW1 and features a very young Gary Cooper in a minor role. TCM has shown it once or twice already.
  7. > But I think that the thing that bothers her most... more than all of that.. is that Harvey is the one that Elwood has chosen to relate to and be with, rather than living up to what she sees as his rightful place in society and fulfilling what she believes is his obligation to her and the rest of the family. Harvey's certainly the part of Elwood's life that is most glaringly at odds with the upper-middle class respectability that Veta so desperately wants for herself and Myrtle Mae. And it's certainly the reason she becomes desperate enough to try to get him comitted at Chumley's Rest. Without Harvey, Elwood would just be the eccentric old uncle who spent perhaps a bit too much time at the bar but was otherwise totally harmless. Also, I don't know that it's so much a matter of Elwood choosing to spend time with Harvey, but the other way around. After all, near the end of the movie Elwood tells Harvey it's perfectly OK if he wants to stay behind at Chumley's and spend some time shooting the breeze with Dr. Chumley, but eventually Harvey decides to leave and go back to Elwood. It seems to me that for any number of reasons, Harvey and Elwood just happen to be in the same "wavelength" so to speak.
  8. I'm not going to say that *Monsters vs. Aliens* is as good as the average Pixar movie, but I do believe DreamWorks has been getting much better in recent months. *Kung Fu Panda* was much better than I expected. At any rate, Insectosaurus was definitely cute.
  9. > So desperate to be accepted as normal and conforming, Veta would turn away something as miraculous as a Pooka, out of fear of not fitting in. She only wishes Elwood would do the same. Veta thinks people just shouldn't go around seeing pookas and such. It just isn't done, and it isn't normal, and it's kind of spooky and she doesn't want to deal with it. Harvey, for his part, is attracted to a side of Veta that she herself is always trying to suppress. I think this is actually addressed more in the play but there is plenty of it in the film. It's not a bad point, there are many reasons why people desperately want to conform to society's norms, and she realizes that if she openly admitted seeing Harvey, she might not be so easily accepted by others. On the other hand, she does seem to reach some kind of epiphany after she hears the cab driver who has taken them to Chumley's rest. The stuff about how "they" come there feeling a certain way, and how after they're injected, they become more irritable and grouchy and less able to see life in a whimsical kind of way. I think that's what convinces Veta that Elwood should not be injected. And of course, she later realizes that the reason she couldn't find her coin purse earlier when trying to pay the taxi driver was that Harvey didn't want her to find it, because that's what leads to her having the longer dialogue with the taxi driver. > So do Elwood, Veta and Harvey live happily ever after? One can certainly hope so. Maybe they'll even have a new painting made?
  10. > (We cannot write/repeat what the "Nickname' of Uma's truck was in "KB2") 1 thing is certain, this woman can virtually do anything & both she & David ("Bill") Carradine were "robbed' come OSCAR time of nominations! I didn't mean the nickname of the truck, I meant what kind of truck it was. Chevy? I don't remember.
  11. > And you don't know how to spell, either? I'm at least as good as shifty, any day of the week and twice on Sunday!
  12. > He was fairly tall, wasn't he? Oh, not that tall. Only about 6'4", so he was shorter than Harvey.
  13. > {quote:title=calypsogal wrote:}{quote} > > > Well, _that's_ the spirit! Well, calypsogirl, what do you expect? He's the duke. No, actually, make that the _Duke_. He's a fighter. He gets up and keeps on goin'. And especially in a movie like "Rio Bravo", because it's, like, one of Hawks' warmest movies ever!
  14. Anybody remember Uma Thurman's truck in "Kill Bill"? What kind of truck was it?
  15. > I was thinking maybe it was Alec Guinness who mentioned India, but in River Kwai.... when he is in the middle of one of his rambles to Sessue Hayakawa, right before he spots the wires...... ahhh! Talk about a tense moment! That was a great speech! I liked it a lot... I've been thinking. Tomorrow it will be twenty-eight years to the day that I've been in the service. Twenty-eight years in peace and war. I don't suppose I've been at home more than ten months in all that time. Still, it's been a good life. I loved India. I wouldn't have had it any other way. > Now, why didn't I think of Darjeeling? Here's some Darjeeling for everyone who likes some, good night to ya!
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